Super Puma to make a landing in Sembawang

Visitors to the Republic of Singapore Air Force's anniversary celebrations in Sembawang this weekend (March 31 to April 1) will get to see a simulation of a search and rescue operation featuring the Super Puma helicopter for the first time.
An RSAF Super Puma helicopter taking off from Sembawang Air Base. Visitors to the air force's 50th anniversary celebrations in Sembawang this weekend will get to watch live demonstrations featuring a Super Puma helicopter. These will take place at th
An RSAF Super Puma helicopter taking off from Sembawang Air Base. Visitors to the air force's 50th anniversary celebrations in Sembawang this weekend will get to watch live demonstrations featuring a Super Puma helicopter. These will take place at the field beside Sembawang MRT station. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
An RSAF Super Puma helicopter taking off from Sembawang Air Base. Visitors to the air force's 50th anniversary celebrations in Sembawang this weekend will get to watch live demonstrations featuring a Super Puma helicopter. These will take place at th
At the RSAF50@Heartlands event, visitors will see a simulated search and rescue operation involving personnel from 125 Squadron and 1 Medical Squadron.
An RSAF Super Puma helicopter taking off from Sembawang Air Base. Visitors to the air force's 50th anniversary celebrations in Sembawang this weekend will get to watch live demonstrations featuring a Super Puma helicopter. These will take place at th
At the RSAF50@Heartlands event, visitors will see a simulated search and rescue operation involving personnel from 125 Squadron and 1 Medical Squadron.

Visitors to the Republic of Singapore Air Force's 50th anniversary celebrations in Sembawang this weekend will get to see live demonstrations of the Super Puma helicopter for the first time.

They will watch a simulated search and rescue (SAR) operation featuring the helicopter and involving personnel from RSAF's 125 Squadron and 1 Medical Squadron.

"This is something the public does not get to see often and I think it will create a lot of excitement," said Major Roy Chew, team lead for the demonstration.

A typical SAR operation would involve two pilots, two air crew specialists, a medical officer and a medic.

Upon receiving an emergency call, the medical team will be activated and they will collect bags containing medical supplies. They will then hop onto an ambulance which will take them to the aircraft.

A crew from the helicopter squadron will also be activated. After collecting their equipment, crew members have 15 minutes to get airborne, before flying over to pick up the casualty, who will be winched into the helicopter and transported to the nearest hospital.

Since 2002, the RSAF has been involved in 317 SAR missions across the region.

The demonstrations, part of the RSAF50@Heartlands events, will be conducted at the open field beside Sembawang MRT station between 11.45am and 12.15pm on Saturday and Sunday.

More RSAF50 events will take place in Punggol, Bedok and Jurong East this year.

Nathanael Phang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2018, with the headline 'Super Puma to make a landing in Sembawang'. Print Edition | Subscribe